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( CSC, CMC, RN-C, or RN-BC )
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  • 1. 1 ( CSC, CMC, RN-C, or RN-BC ) APPLICATION For application information for the CSC or CMC visit : http://www.certcorp.org and for RN-C or RN-BC visit http://www.nursingworld.org/ancc/certification/index.html You can apply either online or by mail. Both sites contain comprehensive information about the tests and downloadable booklets & forms. CERTIFICATION RENEWAL CSC or CMC Certification is valid for 3 years. Option #1 – Renewal by CERPs Meet eligibility requirements for CSC or CMC recertification and complete the Continuing Education Recognition Point (CERP) Program. Option #2 – Renewal by Exam Meet the eligibility requirements for CSC or CMC recertification and successfully complete the CSC examination. For more renewal information, visit: http://www.certcorp.org RN-C or RN-BC Certification is valid for 5 years. Option #1 – Renewal by Continuing edcuation and practice hours Option #2 – Renewal by Exam For more renewal information, visit: http://www.nursingworld.org/ancc/certification/recert/recertsteps.html CMC is a trade mark of the AACN Certification Corporation and denotes certification in cardiac medicine nursing as granted by the AACN Certification Corporation. VALIDATED KNOWLEDGE AND SPECIALIZED SKILLS Each CMC certification examination is based on a job analysis. The most recent study, CMC- Cardiac Medicine Certification
  • 2. 2 completed in 2003, defines the dimensions of acute and/or critical care practice, identifying the requirement of a registered nurse practicing in acute and/or critical care, and caring for cardiac patients. In the study, critical care nurses across the United States were surveyed to ascertain the frequency and significance of the various elements of their practice. Through an extensive review and evaluation process, the knowledge, skills and abilities crucial to cardiology nursing were defined as patient care, organizing framework focusing on the clinical judgment component exclusively. CMC certification examinations are based on these skills and abilities and the knowledge required to perform them. CMC certification is achieved by those nurses who pass a CMC exam in cardiac medicine. CMC certification denotes to the public those practitioners who possess a distinct and clearly defined body of knowledge called cardiac medicine. Eligibility Criteria 1. Current unrestricted RN or APRN licensure in the United States or any of its territories is required. 2. Acute/critical care practice as a registered nurse is required with 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely or critically ill patients during the previous two years, and 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application. Of those 1,750 hours 875 need to be in the care of acutely/critically ill cardiac patients. 3. A current, nationally accredited NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) or ABNS (American Board of Nursing Specialties) clinical nursing specialty certification, to which your subspecialty credential will be attached, is required. A clinical nursing specialty certification refers to a specialty certification that involves direct care of the patient, such as CCRN, CCNS, ACNP, FNP, CEN, CRNFA, APRN,BC, etc. 4. Nurses serving as manager, educator (in-service or academic), CNS or preceptor may apply their hours spent supervising nursing students or nurses at the bedside. Nurses in these roles must be actively involved in caring for patients at the bedside; for example, demonstrating how to measure pulmonary artery pressures or supervising a new employee or student nurse performing a procedure. 5. The name and address of a professional associate must be given for verification of eligibility. This associate may be contacted to verify that you have met the eligibility requirements. A professional associate is defined as a: • Clinical supervisor (RN or physician) • Registered nurse colleague with whom you work Description of the Test The CMC® Test Blueprint is composed of four major subject areas, (cardiology patient problems, other patient probelms, nursing interventions, and monitoring) each is broken down further into more specific areas with a percentage assigned to it. Each major subject area is represented in every test with the appropriate percentage of questions. The CMC examination is a 2 hour test consisting of 90 multiple choice items. Of the 90 items,75 will be scored, and 15 will not be scored, but will be used to gather statistical data on item performance for future exams. One hundred percent (100%) of the exam focuses on clinical judgment. Test Cost AACN Member $135 AACN non-member $180
  • 3. 3 CSC is a trade mark of the AACN Certification Corporation and denotes certification in cardiac surgery as granted by the AACN Certification Corporation. VALIDATED KNOWLEDGE AND SPECIALIZED SKILLS Each CSC certification examination is based on a job analysis. The most recent study, completed in 2003, defines the dimensions of acute and/or critical care practice, identifying the required of a registered nurse practicing in acute and critical care and caring for cardiac surgery patients within the first 48 hours post-op. In the study, critical care nurses across the United States were surveyed to ascertain the frequency and significance of the various elements of their practice. Through an extensive review and evaluation process, the knowledge, skills and abilities crucial to focusing on the clinical judgment component exclusively were defined using the as patient care as an organizing framework. CSC certification examinations are based on these knowledge, skills and abilities and the knowledge required to perform them. CSC certification is achieved by those critical care nurses who pass a CSC exam in cardiac surgery. CSC certification denotes to the public those practitioners who possess a distinct and clearly defined body of knowledge called cardiac surgery. Eligibility Criteria 1. Current unrestricted RN or APRN licensure in the United States or any of its territories is required. 2. Acute/critical care practice as a registered nurse is required with 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely or critically ill patients during the previous two years, and 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application. Of those 1,750 hours 875 need to be in the care of cardiac surgery patients within the first 48 hours post-op. 3. A current, nationally accredited NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) or ABNS (American Board of Nursing Specialties) clinical nursing specialty certification, to which your subspecialty credential will be attached, is required. A clinical nursing specialty certification refers to a specialty certification that involves direct care of the patient, such as CCRN, CCNS, ACNP, FNP, CEN, CRNFA, APRN,BC, etc. 4. Nurses serving as manager, educator (in-service or academic), CNS or preceptor may apply their hours spent supervising nursing students or nurses at the bedside. Nurses in these roles must be actively involved in caring for patients at the bedside; for example, demonstrating how to measure pulmonary artery pressures or supervising a new employee or student nurse performing a procedure. 5. The name and address of a professional associate must be given for verification of eligibility. This associate may be contacted to verify that you have met the eligibility requirements. A professional associate is defined as a: • Clinical supervisor (RN or physician) • Registered nurse colleague with whom you work CSC- Cardiac Surgery Certification
  • 4. 4 Description of the Test The CSC® Test Blueprint is composed of two major subject areas, (cardiothoracic surgery patient problems 52% & nursing interventions 48%) each is broken down further into more specific areas with a percentage assigned to it. Each major subject area is represented in every test with the appropriate percentage of questions. The CMC examination is a 2 hour test consisting of 90 multiple choice items. Of the 90 items,75 will be scored, and 15 will not be scored, but will be used to gather statistical data on itemperformance for future exams. One hundred percent (100%) of the exam focuses onclinical judgment. Test Cost AACN Member $135 AACN non-member $180 Cardiac/vascular nurses provide comprehensive nursing care to individuals diagnosed with cardiac/vascular disease as well as those identified at risk for cardiac/vascular events. These services are provided in a variety of settings including acute and ambulatory care facilities, community-based facilities, and work-site and school-based programs. Cardiac/vascular nursing practice promotes achievement and maintenance of optimal cardiac/vascular wellness. The cardiac/vascular nurse is responsible for the development, coordination, and evaluation of a plan of care that uses a multidisciplinary/case management approach. While concentrating on cardiac/vascular health, the practice considers all influences on health status and the related social and behavioral problems. The theoretical basis for this nursing practice incorporates physiological and psychosocial concepts of health as they affect cardiac/vascular wellness. Eligibility Criteria Specialty nursing certification candidates must meet all of the following Basic Eligibility Requirements. 1. Hold a current, active, unrestricted professional RN license in the United States or its territories. 2. Hold a diploma, associates, baccalaureate, or higher nursing degree. See the description of practice for the certification you are seeking for the specific degree requirement. 3. Have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full time as a registered nurse in the United States or its territories. 4. Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty area within the last 3 years. 5. Have completed 30 contact hours within the last 3 years. RN-C (ADN & Diploma Nurses ) or RN-BC (BSN Nurses) ANCC Specialty Certification in Cardiac and Vascular
  • 5. 5 Description of the Test There are 175 questions on this examination. Of these, 150 are scored questions and 25 are nonscored pretest questions. Questions are pretested to determine how well they perform before they are used in the scored portion of the examination. The pretest questions cannot be distinguished from those that will be scored, so it is important that a candidate answer all questions. However, a candidate's score is based solely on the 150 scored questions. Performance on pretest questions does not affect a candidate's score. This Test Content Outline identifies the areas that may be included on the examination. The percentage and number of questions in each of the major categories of the scored portion of the examination also are shown. Percent No. of Questions Category Domains of Practice 10.0 18 I Issues and Trends 40.0 50 II Cardiac and Vascular Disorders 22.0 40 III Education, Counseling, and Risk Factor Reduction 22.0 22 IV Psychosocial Aspects 6.0 20 V Special Situations Note: This examination covers the practice of cardiac and vascular nurses in both acute and ambulatory care settings. The nursing process is the basis for delivering physiologic and psychosocial care to adults across the life span of 18 years to end of life. Test Cost

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